32. Rice: Improving Cold Stress Tolerance

  1. Dr. Narendra Tuteja2,3,
  2. Dr. Sarvajeet Singh Gill2,4,
  3. Prof. Antonio F. Tiburcio5 and
  4. Dr. Renu Tuteja2
  1. Kodiveri Muthukalianan Gothandam

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch32

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2

How to Cite

Gothandam, K. M. (2012) Rice: Improving Cold Stress Tolerance, in Improving Crop Resistance to Abiotic Stress, Volume 1 & Volume 2 (eds N. Tuteja, S. S. Gill, A. F. Tiburcio and R. Tuteja), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527632930.ch32

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Plant Molecular Biology Group, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110 067, India

  2. 3

    MD University, Centre for Biotechnology, Rohtak 124 001, Haryana, India

  3. 4

    Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Botany, Aligarh 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India

  4. 5

    Universitat de Barcelona, Unitat de Fisiologia Vegetal, Facultat de Farmàcia, Av. Joan XXIII, S/N, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Author Information

  1. VIT University, School of Bio Sciences and Technology, Vellore 632 014, Tamil Nadu, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527328406

Online ISBN: 9783527632930



  • aquaporin;
  • osmolytes;
  • rice;
  • stress;
  • transcription factors;
  • transgenic


Rice plant normally grown in tropical and temperate climatic zones is often threatened by cold stress and is especially sensitive to chilling stress at the seedling and reproductive stages. Low temperature at the seedling stage can result in poor germination, stunted seedlings, yellowing or withering, and reduced tillering. Unpredictable cold snaps at the reproductive stage delay heading and result in pollen sterility, which was thought to be one of the key factors responsible for the reduction in grain yield of rice. Cold stress prevents the expression of full genetic potential of plants owing to its direct inhibition of metabolic reactions and, indirectly, through cold-induced osmotic, oxidative, and other stresses. In this chapter, various aspects of improving rice cold tolerance are discussed.